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Deep Roots

(The Innsmouth Legacy #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  471 ratings  ·  104 reviews

"Wicked for the Cthulhu Mythos" —Seanan McGuire on the Innsmouth Legacy

Ruthanna Emrys’ Innsmouth Legacy, which began with Winter Tide and continues with Deep Roots, confronts H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos head-on, boldly upturning his fear of the unknown with a heart-warming story of found family, acceptance, and perseverance in the face of human cruelty and the cosmi

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The title captures it perfectly; quiet, deep, thoughtful. Well, yes, there are multiple dimensions and worlds, and horrors from the night, and a smattering of G-men who are paranoid the Russkies might get their hands on powerful weapons before the Americans do. There's also questions of families, of bloodlines, of spiritualism and of living one's own life. It is very much a timely and yet otherworldly book.

Narrative is primarily in first person, that of Aphra, one of the last remaining full-blo
I really enjoyed this novel, but let's be real here: this isn't your average Cthulhu monster novel full of mystery and intrigue and reveals that turn your hair white in disbelief. There aren't even 1d6 investigators to throw into the open maw of a multitentacled AND multidimensional immortal beastie!

But there are multitentacled and multidimensional immortal beasties, ghouls, Deep Ones, halfbreeds and Creatures of Air. Not to mention strange boxes, a focus on books, legacy, and the ultimate fate
Dan Schwent
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 2018-books
Aphra Marsh's quest of resettling Innsmouth to New York, where her confluence runs into a snag: two factions of Outer Ones!

I enjoyed Winter Tide quite a bit so I pre-ordered this. Oddly enough, I was approved for an ARC on Netgalley AND a friend gave me the ebook as a birthday gift on the day it shipped. The stars were right that day.

Anyway, Aphra Marsh's goal of repopulating Innsmouth brings her to New York. She discovers a family with Innsmouth blood only to find the son has joined a cult led
IDK maybe I had to read the first one but this book just did not blow my skirt up. I found it extremely difficult to read and follow the storyline. like I said maybe I should have read the first one first. This one was a bail for me.
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in this series, Winter Tide, introduced a Lovecraftian mythos Earth with a found family where the monsters are just other sorts of people.

Aphra Marsh and her confluence are seeking other humans with connections to the Deep Ones so that they can repopulate Innsmouth before the whole town is swallowed up by developers. On coming to New York they have some success, but also become involved with the FBI again because of increasing activity from the Outer Ones, the meigo. The Outer One
Alice Lemon
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really, really loved the first book in this series, Winter Tide, so when I had the opportunity to read an ARC of Deep Roots, I jumped at the chance. I really enjoyed both books, but was also a bit surprised by how different they were.

In Winter Tide, the plot felt almost secondary to me: what I loved about the book was the character development and the approach to themes of chosen family and how to rebuild one's life. Deep Roots, on the other hand, felt much faster-paced, and the plot seemed to
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I find most interesting about this particular pattern of themes and the way they emerge in the novel is that the author presents a potential solution to a very real problem. We all want the world to be a better place. We want to vanquish oppression and fear, and be really, truly free. But in order to do that, we first need to be open and honest with the people around us about who we are and what we are, while at the same time being accepting of those differences. However, to get to that poi
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
Although I didn't like the story in this one quite as much as the first, it was pretty close, and this sequel to Winter Tide really is extremely good. Emrys is a wonderfully accomplished writer and I love reading her books as much for that quality as for the stories she tells. I am most definitely on board for the next one.

Matthew Galloway
Emrys continues to write beautifully about a diverse cast of characters and cosmic horrors that are much more "human" than we'd expect from their appearance. I loved and the exploration of what an "I'm right" -- with no room for discussion -- type group mentality can do and the problems they can generate. Really, Emrys explores the mental states of so many different kinds of people and how those can clash or meld so well. I think she may write the most nuanced characters I've read in fantasy rec ...more
C.T. Phipps

DEEP ROOTS is the sequel to Ruthanna Emrys' WINTER TIDE and THE LITANY OF EARTH. It is a story set in a "perspective flip" Cthulhu Mythos. The basic idea behind the Innsmouth Legacy is the Cthulhu Mythos is not actively hostile but simply different. The Deep Ones are just another race of human beings, the Mi-Go are busy-bodies who want to make humans better, the Yithians (actually the Yithians are much worse). It moves the setting from the realm of horror
Seth Skorkowsky
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I really enjoyed Book 1. I'd looked forward to Deep Roots for a while, and maybe my excited anticipation stained my opinion of it. I just didn't like it that much.
Emrys has a commanding knowledge of the Lovecraftian Mythos. I love her interpretation of the world and what she brings to make it her own. Deep Roots explores the Mi-Go, and she does a fantastic job describing and showing their alien bodies and mindset. She's brilliant.
That being said, Deep Roots just didn't hold my interest that well
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series continues to be quiet and lovely and queer and full of genuine moral dilemmas and people on all sides who I want to just all agree so they can all be happy! And there are also blood rituals and eldritch horrors, of course.
Tim Martin
This was a wonderful follow up to _Winter Tide_, one that was a delightful read. Which is a strange thing to say about any story set in the universe that Lovecraft created, full of powerful beings and unsettling creatures and dark rituals that were never meant to be comforting (something commented upon in the first volume in this series). It was fun to rejoin old friends Aphra Marsh, the immature Person of the Water (aka Deep One, a term not really used in the series), her brother Caleb, and the ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a digital ARC courtesy of NetGalley.

I struggled for a while to write a review of this book, because I couldn’t seem to find the words to convey how much depth and heart(break) it contains, the startling realism, the grace with which the author explores the complexity of human (and not-so-human) people.

Picking up some months after the events of Winter Tide (a book you really must read first), Aphra, along with her confluence (a group who work magic together) and friends, has travelled
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Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In recent years H.P. Lovecraft and his works have become increasingly problematic. His personal views on race permeate his stories resulting in fiction that is, at best, challenging to enjoy for many readers. As a result, there currently tend to be three approaches regarding Lovecraft’s fiction: those who love it, those who hate it, and those who choose simply not to read it. But there is now a fourth group of readers that is developing: those that are fascinated with the works of authors like R ...more
Morgan Dhu
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deep Roots is the second volume in Ruthanna Emrys’ fascinating and intensely readable series inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos. These books are told from the perspective of the last on-land members of the sea people who once lived in Innsmouth, before the US government kidnapped and interned them in a concentration camp in the desert where all but two - brother and sister Aphra and Caleb - died from lack of the ocean and the conditions required to make the change to their near immortal sea-dwelling ...more
Emrys has done it again, portraying the monsters of Lovecraft’s “Mythos” as sympathetic beings with their own strange, yet compelling, cultures and motives. She actually made the Mi-Go (bat-winged, crab-clawed fungus monsters who surgically remove people's brains) into some reasonable (one might say benevolent) characters - even the really dangerous ones, who want to save humanity from itself. I was surprised at the parallels she drew between them and the Faerie legends, but she did that well, t ...more
Alex Can Read
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This review first appeared on Alex Can Read.

The sequel to the stunning Winter Tide, Deep Roots explores more of Lovecraft’s mythos. Aphra and her confluence are on the trail of a mist-blooded relative and find so much more than they expected.

Deep Roots wrestles with so many of the things we wrestle with in our own lives, especially when confronted with our loved ones choosing paths we’d rather they didn’t. How do we believe that they haven’t been coerced? When is it right to let someone go, and
Kate Sherrod
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-reads
A worthy successor to Winter Tide. I love the depth Ernrys gives to this world. The Mi- Go were a great addition to it.

I listened to this as an audio book but I wish I'd gotten it as an ebook. The narrator did a good job differentiating character voices but man, she has some of the harshest consonants I've ever endured especially her sibilants and interdentals. I chose to listen to this one because eye problems are giving me headaches. On several male voices the Ts and Ds were like bullets! This
I really enjoyed the first book, but couldn't get into this one at all, probably because I haven't reread Winter Tide since its release. I normally don't have this much trouble piecing all a story's secondary characters and their relationships back together. Not sure if that means the book doesn't include quite enough little memory refreshers or if it's more to do with my own lack of concentration lately. Either way, I had to give up for now.

Hopefully I'll remember to try it again at some point,
Barbara McEwen
3.5 stars - Took a while for this one to get it's tentacles on me but once it did I was flying through it! I don't want to go into the plot for fear of spoiling things but the different types of humans and the Outer Ones keep you entertained while you chew on deeper questions like the idea of otherness, and how we treat those we see as different from ourselves. Similar to Winter Tide, I thought there were a few too many characters.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first book. I was confused at the beginning of this book, and it took a few pages to reconnect characters and plot lines with the previous title. I stuck with it and loved getting back into the Innsmouth story. Aphra Marsh is a perfectly-not-perfect heroine. I relish the way it challenges our sense of who is a monster and who is a friend.
Dave Cooper
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you liked the first book in the series, you'll probably like this one too. I sometimes felt like the plot and relationships were forced, but overall I still enjoyed spending time with Aphra.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Too many characters, too few voices, and if I wanted to listen to a poly family processing I’d still live in in a queer co-op. The Litany of Earth was my favorite story of 2014, and I still find Emrys’s writing beautiful, but it turns out I can only listen to Aphra for so long.
The series really takes off with this book. While the earlier short story and novel were interesting to read, the world building ground work really pays off in this book. Decision made in earlier bear fruit both good and ill. Emrys does an excellent job of producing both compelling characters and detailed world building.

Our deep ones (people of the water) heroes want to rebuild and repopulate Innsmouth. They are seeking mistblooded (half breed) relatives in New York City. But something else is g
W.L. Bolm
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such an amazing series. I really love everything about these books: the characters, the diversity, the feeling of dread that builds as you face the void.

There was a lot of action and suspense in this installment. There were a lot of times where characters seemed distant or out of reach, and I had a hard time deciding between whether or not this took away or added to the overall work.

I love Lovecraftian mythos but dislike some of Lovecraft's failings, so Emrys's books actually scratch t
Yuli Michaeili
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
משמעותית פחות טוב מהראשון. העולם עדיין מעניין אבל רוב הספר הוא גרירת רגליים ממקום למקום.
Evan Jensen
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best part of any Ruthanna Emrys story is that the characters are excellently believable, with well-rounded personalities, motivations, and neuroses understandable that clearly hinge on their own histories. Those superlatives are not missing here in book 2 of the Innsmouth Legacy. You get a full sense of people, human and otherwise. I always had a solid sense that while characters, or reader, might not agree about their relative philosophies, that didn’t mean one side was meant to be thought ...more
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
Like its predecessor, Deep Roots is a lovely, slower-paced novel working with Lovecraftian mythos. While I do think you should read the previous book, Winter Tide, before Deep Roots, this review will largely avoid spoilers for Winter Tide.

Aphra Marsh and her brother Caleb are the only survivors of the United States government’s raid on Innsmouth. Aphra wants to rebuild her community, but that means finding other descendants of the People of the Water, mist-bloods. She has a lead on a potential d
Elle Maruska
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Winter Tide earlier this year and absolutely loved it; when I finished, I wanted more than anything to be able to rejoin Aphra and her confluence. I was so excited for this book and read it as soon as it appeared on my kindle.

The plot was interesting. I know some will find it slow because there's more talking than doing but I think talking can be just as fascinating, just as compelling if done right and Emrys does it right. She presents characters with wildly different ideas and ideals,
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